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What Defines American Culture?

January 21, 2021

What comes to mind when one thinks of American culture? For writer and director Lee Issac Chung, it’s the pursuit of the American dream — prosperity, freedom, and individuality for all. As the son...

In COVID times, interactive gaming a stream come true

Junior Marios Petropoulos live streams on Twitch. Petropolous said he has streamed several games, including Valorant, Overwatch, Titanfall 2, Apex Legends, Phasmophobia, Among us, Dead by Daylight and Rocket League.

“I started streaming these games because I just happened to be playing these games already, so I thought to myself, ‘Why not stream them?’” Petropolous said.
Platforms Twitch, Mixer offer like-minded people chance to connect, build community based on shared interests
January 20, 2021

Live streaming is no longer the niche medium it once was. With platforms like Twitch, Mixer and YouTube allowing anyone to share themselves in an interactive way that other social platforms just can’t...

‘Death to 2020’: The comedy special we all deserved.

A mockumentary,
January 19, 2021

“We’re taking a look back at the year 2020.”  So begins Netflix’s mockumentary “Death to 2020.” The past year left no room to breathe between the major world events that occured over its...

‘Soul’ is brilliant effort from Pixar that brings studio back to its very best

Gardner (Foxx) and 22 (Fey) gaze upon Earth from
January 15, 2021

What is your purpose? This is the question posed by Pixar’s latest animated feature “Soul," directed by Pete Docter, and starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. Pixar has long been known as a studio whose...

Pixar puts heart and ‘Soul’ into their newest film

Pixar released the animated film
January 13, 2021

Pixar has become synonymous with movies marketed toward children that can be appreciated by viewers of any age. Their newest film “Soul” delivers on these expectations while simultaneously creating...

Art Imitates Life

The collage above mixes paintings, prints, and poems by visual seniors Kailyn Bryant and Sabrea Stallings. The poem, “Crying over Caskets,” by Stallings, along with Bryant’s work, incorporates the tumultuous lives and emotions of what it means to be Black in America. Black students, such as Bryant and Stallings, have used their artwork to express their navigation through the current political environment. All of Bryant’s work can be found on her website:
Student artists draw inspiration from politics
January 11, 2021

Theatre senior Sabrea Stallings drafted her first spoken word poem, “Crying Over Caskets,” in middle school. Sitting over a lunch table, she scribbled down her feelings as they flooded her mind. The...


2020 is a year remembered for its unique challenges, one of them being COVID-19. Find out how everyone is spending their time during this pandemic.
January 8, 2021

During quarantine, most made changes in their daily life and found new ways to keep themselves content at home. Read about how students made the best of it and what their experiences were. A is for...

Unwrapping KHS Students’ “Spotify 2020 Wrapped”

A Spotify Premium user is viewing their Spotify Wrapped for 2020.
January 8, 2021

At the end of each year, people celebrate all of their triumphs and the challenges they faced by rekindling old memories. Another way that some can recount their memories from the year is checking out...

Boyz 2 Men

Senior Briana Lopez displays her One Direction themed poster and Harry Style's vinyl covers that adorn her bedroom wall.
January 6, 2021

The evolution of the boy band is a tale as old as The Beatles. For some, the attachments to certain musically talented heart-throbs formed in early childhood or adolescence never quite fade over time....

Overstepping the boundary

The cover image of BL manhwa
Examining the implications of the BL industry with regards to the LGBTQ+ community
January 5, 2021

This article discusses sensitive topics, such as sexual assault. In June of 2019, the introductory episode of comic artist Byeonduck’s new work was published. Immediately, this new manhwa (Korean...

‘Djesse Vol. 3’: Jacob Collier’s Explosive, Arresting Universe

Jacob's most-recent album, 'Djesse Vol. 3,' explores a whole other world of electronically-produced sounds and newfound emotional maturity.
January 5, 2021

He was compared to Bernstein by BBC Proms director David Pickard, likened to Mozart and Prince by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and named “jazz’s new messiah” by the Guardian. However, the four-time...

‘The Mandalorian’ brings back the spirit of Star Wars

The newest installment in sci-fi's greatest franchise is the perfect blend of classic and innovative
January 4, 2021

“Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away…,” words that launched an epic film series that created beloved characters, some of pop culture’s most iconic lines and inspired countless Halloween...

Jingle Jangle’s Christmas Journey makes Christmas diversity possible

“Is it possible that the square root of impossible is me?” -Journey Jangle
December 28, 2020

David E. Talbert is making it possible for Black Americans to be the stars of the Christmas holiday. Following the drama Almost Christmas in 2016, Talbert has now produced the perfect diverse Christmas...

David Fincher’s “Mank” celebrates the magic of motion picture (review)

Mank (Gary Oldman) and Marion Davis (Amanda Seyfriend) trade banter on a Hollywood back lot. Davis provides inspiration for Kane's young second wife in Mank's screenplay of
December 22, 2020

While it hardly appears fair to compare one of the most analyzed movies of all time with David Fincher’s comeback feature “Mank," it also remains impossible to review the new Netflix movie outside...

Director Steve James shares Chicago’s diverse experiences, identities in series ‘City So Real’

The downtown Chicago skyline reveals only a few of the 77 Chicago neighborhoods represented in the series 'City so Real'.
Documentarian Steve James says filming offers a raw look into the lives of individuals
December 21, 2020

With 77 neighborhoods, 234 square miles and more than 2.5 million residents, it is an ambitious task to tell the story of Chicago’s people. Award-winning Chicago documentarian Steve James set out to...

Netflix’s “The Prom” Stuns for its Musical Numbers and Impact

“The Prom” debuted at the box office prior to being released to Netflix subscribers, according to Town & Country.
December 18, 2020

On Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, the Netflix film “The Prom” was released, which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical “The Prom” that debuted in 2018. The adaptation was directed by Ryan Murphy —...

Kid Cudi’s New Album “Man On The Moon III: The Chosen” Strongly Depicts That You Are Not Alone

Kid Cudi recently released his seventh studio album, “Man On The Moon III: The Chosen,” completing the Man On The Moon trilogy.
December 18, 2020

The following review discusses music with explicit content. In the past, Scott Mescudi, commonly known by his stage name, Kid Cudi, has had a steady theme throughout most of his albums and songs, speaking...

‘The Queen’s Gambit:’ An unusual feminist tale

Netflix Original,
December 18, 2020

If you weren't one of the 62 million households that streamed "The Queen's Gambit" in its first 28 days on Netflix, make sure to join in and prepare to be entranced by a world of...chess? Yes, chess. The...

Springer: Hallmark movies’ diversity problem

Over the past few years, Hallmark has begun to diversify its annual list of Christmas movies.
December 17, 2020

In the Oxford dictionary, the definition of heteronormative is “denoting or relating to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation." If you’ve ever seen...

Taylor Swift conveys talented lyricism, longevity on new album ‘Evermore’

Evermore, announced on Dec. 10, is Swift's ninth studio album and second full-length project of 2020.
December 16, 2020

Well, Taylor Swift has done it again. A mere five months after the surprise drop of her eighth studio album Folklore in late July, Swift announced to her 141 million Instagram followers on Dec. 10 that...

Movies take a backseat to safety

Pulling in, cars begin to park in preparation for a movie showing at the The Blue Starlite Drive In's Mueller location in East Austin. The theater functions with five movie screens -- three for drive in and two for walk in -- that allow for multiple showings throughout the night.
From student filmmakers to the big screen, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the film industry with production delays and new viewing restrictions.
December 16, 2020

The film opens on a deserted landscape, N-95 masks and latex gloves littered on the city streets. It sounds like the beginning of a classic dystopian tale, but instead, it has become the reality of life...

Sabercat Stories: Blake Rouse

One of Fossil's seniors, Blake Rouse, had turned to social media to express his creativity during the pandemic and ended up part of a viral movement.
December 16, 2020

When Fossil Ridge High School closed its doors because of the unforeseen pandemic, students were devastated. The creative opportunities that students looked forward to each day vanished amidst all the...

“Happiest Season” overcomes its tropes to succeed as a fast, heartwarming feature

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star in the film as Abby Holland and Harper Caldwell.
Clea DuVall's second directorial credit wonderfully uses Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis's chemistry to make a heartwarming Christmas rom-com.
December 15, 2020

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, Hulu released “Happiest Season” to its streaming platform. The film follows Abby Holland and Harper Caldwell, played by Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis respectively. The...

BTS Opens Up to the World with Completely Raw Comfort of an Album

South Korean boy group BTS returns with invigoratingly intimate newest album Be, offering inspiring messages to combat the Covid blues and guaranteeing healing, tenderness, and hope.
December 15, 2020

Opening to the desaturated interior of a car, a masked figure shifts into focus, his deep brown eyes scanning the road in front of him as he drives on mainly empty streets. The camera later pans out the...

Netflix short captures human spirit through heartbreak

Inspiration for 12-minute short film stems from genuine emotions of parents who lost children to gun violence. “If Anything Happens I Love You” paints an emotional story through two-dimensional animation, gentle music, and wordless grief.
December 15, 2020

Netflix’s “If Anything Happens I Love You” bears a powerful, heart-breaking message that doesn’t require but 12 minutes to make the watcher’s stomach drop. Truthfully, it only requires a specific...

“The Danish Girl”: I’m trapped inside the wrong body

In the 1920s when people didn't know what it meant to be transgender, Lili Elbe realizes that she is a woman and won’t let anything get in her way from transitioning into one.
December 15, 2020

When I was 11 years old I realized that I was a boy. That I was transgender to be more specific. Being a boy wasn’t something that I had suddenly decided to do on a whim. I already knew that I was a...

Taylor Swift gifts her fans with ‘Evermore’

Taylor Swift boasts muted colors in the aesthetic for her new album, “Evermore.”
December 14, 2020

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has done it again: and by “it,” we mean release a surprise album for the second time in five months. Her ninth studio album, “evermore,” follows July’s “Folklore,”...

Where are the Female Comedians? (EDITORIAL)

Sofia Girgenti (‘23) reacts to only nine women being in Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Stand-up Comedians Of All Time:” “I am not surprised by [the low number of women selected in the Rolling Stone article]. It’s a reflection of the fact that we are seen as not being as funny.”
December 11, 2020

As Maddy Bye, one-half of the comedy duo Siblings, was distributing flyers for her show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,  one woman expressed interest in attending, yet said her boyfriend believes women...

Intrigue and outrage: A look at season four of ‘The Crown’

The fourth season of 'The Crown,' released  Nov. 15 on Netflix, reignites intrigue and outrage over the lives of the royal family.
December 10, 2020

On Nov. 15, Netflix released the fourth season of “The Crown,” a historical drama series that premiered in 2016. Created by Peter Morgan, the show details the life and legacy of the British monarchy,...

Morgan Molenda keeps punk culture alive

Molenda and his band, the Stellar Jays performing at Battle of the Bands last year. Although the band did not end up placing at the competition, it was a momentous occasion for both Molenda and his band members.
December 10, 2020

In the words of famous punk band The Exploited "Punk’s not dead," at least not in senior Morgan Molenda’s garage, anyway. As if it were straight out of a 1980’s coming of age film; sharpie signatures...

Phoebe Bridgers’ Copycat Killer brings me ethereal ruin

This EP cover shows Phoebe Bridgers in her skeleton-themed attire in a sandy pool of water.
December 10, 2020

With Spotify’s “Friend Activity” tab as a testament to my following statement, I have survived these past months on Phoebe Bridgers’ albums Stranger in the Alps, Punisher, and her Instagram stories....

In the Spotlight

Friedman has been staking out his own in L.A as an aspiring actor, recently landing a role as the lead in an Amazon Prime film.
A Clayton alum has recently landed the lead role in an Amazon Prime film.
December 10, 2020

Many Clayton alums go on to pursue exceptional exploits in a wide variety of careers. But one in particular, Jeff Friedman, found himself a role in the spotlight-- and most recently, as the lead in an...

Disney’s persistent live-action remakes are a reflection of the viewer, not the producers

A scene from Disney's 2019 remake of
December 9, 2020

By now, even casual movie-goers are tired of Disney’s incessant live-action remakes, and they should be. However, audiences need to take a step back and realize that they are solely in control of whether...

Gaming landscape changed in era of pandemic

Steve from Minecraft facing off against the Ender Dragon Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
December 9, 2020

Lockdown is restarting, millions have lost their jobs, people feel further from their family and friends than they have in years, but for many, there exists one reliable escape: video games. While quarantine...

Rolling Stones “The Art of Protest” delves into modern activism

In 2018, Indecline started work on the documentary to tell the story of protest art and to call on artists to use their art as a tool to fight injustice. The film contains interviews with artists and activists. It showcases work as far back as Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator,” a film that mocked Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, and as recent as the public murals from the Black Lives Matter movement.
December 8, 2020

In 2017, Donald Trump announced he would like to be buried at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. After the statement was made, Indecline, an activist collective made up of anonymous...

BTS’s ‘Be’ shares a sensitive, stunning testament to pandemic distress

BTS's introspective and heartfelt album 'Be' reflects on the hardships of the pandemic life while offering healing and hope for a brighter future.
December 7, 2020

There is no single phrase that can properly define world sensation BTS, but “princes of pop,” self-love trailblazers, unabating record-breakers, dancing superstars, and prominent advocates of inclusivity...

Aesop Rock crafts quite the ride on ‘Spirit World Field Guide’

As stated in the title
December 7, 2020

Aesop Rock’s style has long been defined by a blend of esoteric lyricism and hypnotic hip-hop beats. His latest album, “Spirit World Field Guide,” is no different in this regard. Where this new...

The bro-country subgenre silences female voices, preventing country music from progressing forward

The declining value of female voices in the country music industry can be easily seen through radio airplay statistics.
December 4, 2020

“Slide your sugar-shaker over here… shake it for me girl… let me see you do it in the bed of my truck.” Those are just some of the offensive, sexist and poorly written lyrics consistently heard...

Weaver helps inspire a character in upcoming Disney+ film ‘Clouds’

Science teacher Andrew Weaver inspiries a character in the movie
December 4, 2020

Science teacher Andrew Weaver has a character based on him in the upcoming film “Clouds”, which is being released Oct. 16 on Disney+ about the inspirational life of former graduate Zach Sobiech....

Pop Culture’s Problematic Portrayal of Psychopathy

Joffrey Baratheon, Nate Jacobs, Amy Dunne, Joe Goldberg, and Sherlock Holmes are some of the many characters problematically glorified in modern pop culture.
December 2, 2020

In modern society, a person who blackmails, stalks, assaults, tortures, rapes, or murders their peers would not typically be someone you would want to associate with, much less sexualize and glorify. But...

‘Bad Hair’: the evils of Black adoption of Eurocentric beauty standards

A combination of horror, satire and comedy,
December 2, 2020

Black Hair. The kinky, coily, curly hair that grows from a black person’s head. Associated strength, expression, femininity, and attractiveness of the black person. Often considered unprofessional, “nappy”...

“Ratched” review: an unconventional backstory for a famously unconventional villain

Still of Sarah Paulson, who plays Nurse Mildred Ratched, as she tends to one of her patient’s diagnosis.
December 1, 2020

In both the literature world and previous year’s curriculum for a tenth grade English student at York, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a classic. It tells the story...

‘Grand Army High School’: Normalizing trauma or raising awareness? (Review)

REAL LIFE BATTLES The Netflix original series
December 1, 2020

It took Netflix’s original new series, Grand Army High School, less than ten seconds to get viewers hooked just by their opening theme, with its intriguing phrases like "I’m marching into battle" and...

“Hillbilly Elegy” should stay in the hills

This is the movie poster for
December 1, 2020

Appalachia: a region full of unique culture, but marked with hardships. Released in theaters on Nov. 11 and on Netflix on Nov. 24, “Hillbilly Elegy” tells the story of poverty-stricken working class...

Emotional beats: a ‘Sound of Metal’ review

ACCEPTANCE OF DEAFNESS: Amazon Studio's recent release,
November 23, 2020

I don’t think I can remember a time where I didn’t hear it. The ringing. The noise nobody but me could seem to hear. I couldn’t stand it. I had no idea what it was at first, but it was loud,...

Listen to the voice of nature, Attenborough’s new documentary warns

94-year-old naturalist David Attenborough takes a stand on climate change in his recent documentary, which can be viewed on Netflix.
November 19, 2020

In a recent documentary, the voice of nature has, at long last, spoken out. It’s weathered, deep and gravelly. It’s angry, upset and frightened. But, it is simultaneously uplifting, energized and confident...

A Show for All Seasons

After fifteen seasons,
Much more than sources of entertainment, stories can provide us with comfort when we need it most.
November 19, 2020

Last Thursday, my mom walked into the house after picking up my little brother from volleyball practice, and she immediately looked alarmed. She asked me what was wrong. There I was, sitting on the couch,...

Ashton Irwin blossoms in debut album “Superbloom”

Ashton Irwin's heartfelt album
November 17, 2020

26-year-old Australian musician Ashton Irwin released his debut album “Superbloom” on Oct. 23, a passionate and unorthodox 10-track record about Irwin’s struggles with overcoming his demons and finding...

Up Next, Underrepresentation

Headlines from newsources Deadline, CBC, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter show a small portion of the amount of diverse shows Netflix has canceled.
Netflix continues to cancel their shows with diversity and representation, but at what cost?
November 17, 2020

As someone who has a sister who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, nothing makes me happier than seeing her smile as she animatedly describes a new TV show or movie she’s found with characters she...

Feminism and Freedom: “What the Constitution Means to Me” entertains with wit, provokes political introspection

November 16, 2020

An army of muted portraits of old white men stares blankly out from the walls above the stage. Below, the animated features of actress and writer Heidi Schreck light a dim Broadway stage. Ms. Schreck...

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